1) Our Pledge Regarding Medical Information:
We here at RIMC office are vigilant to protect patient confidentiality. No information regarding our patients is shared or distributed with any other person or organization without the patient's signed authorization. Any questions or comments may be directed to our Privacy Compliance Officer.
2) Our Legal Duty:
A) Law Requires Us to:
1. Keep your medical information private.
2. Give you this legal notice describing our legal duties, privacy practices, and your rights regarding your medical information.
3. Follow the terms of the notice that is now in effect.
B) We Have the Right To:
1. Change our privacy practices and the terms of this notice at any time, provided that the changes are permitted by law.
2. Make the changes in our privacy practices and the new terms of our notice effective for all medical information that we keep, including information previously created or received before the changes.
C) Notice to Change the Privacy Practices:
Before we make an important change in our privacy practices, we will change this notice and make the new notice available upon request.
3. Use and Disclosure of Your Medical Information:
This is how we use and disclose medical information. We will not use or disclose your medical information for any purpose not listed below without your specific written authorization. Any specific written authorization you provide may be revoked at any time by writing to us.
A. For Treatment:
We may use medical information about you to provide you with medical treatment or services. We may disclose medical information about you to other health care providers to assist them in treating you.
B. To Aid in Your Insurance Company reimbursing you for the treatments you have received here.
C. Funeral Director, Coroner, Medical Examiner:
We may share the medical information about a patient who has died with a Funeral Director, Coroner or Medical Examiner to help them carry out their duties.
D. Specialized Government Functions:
Subject to certain requirements, we may disclose or use health information for military personnel and veterans for national security and intelligence activities, for protective services for the President and others, for medical suitability determinations for the Department of State, for correctional institutions and other law enforcement custodial situations, and for government programs providing public benefits.
E. Court Orders and Judicial and Administrative Proceedings:
We may disclose medical information in response to a court or administrative order, subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process, under certain circumstances. Under limited circumstances, such as a court order, warrant, or grand jury subpoena, we may share your medical information with law enforcement officials. We may share limited information with a law enforcement official concerning the medical information of a suspect, fugitive, material witness, crime victim or missing person. We may share the medical information of an inmate or other person in lawful custody with a law enforcement official or correctional institution under certain circumstances.
F. Victims or Abuse, Neglect, or Domestic Violence:
We may disclose medical information to appropriate authorities if we reasonably believe that you are a possible victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence or the possible victim of other crimes. We may share your medical information if it is necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health or safety or the health or safety of others. We may share medical information when necessary to help law enforcement officials capture a person who has admitted to being part of a crime or has escaped from legal custody.
G. Workers Compensation:
We may disclose health information when authorized and necessary to comply with laws relating to workers compensation or other similar programs.
H. Health Oversight Activities:
We may disclose medical information to an agency providing health oversight or oversight activities authorized by law, including audits, civil, administrative, or criminal investigations or proceedings, inspections, licensure or disciplinary actions, or other authorized activities.
I. Law Enforcement:
Under certain circumstances, we may disclose health information to law enforcement officials. These circumstances include reporting required by certain laws (such as the reporting of certain types of wounds), pursuant to certain subpoenas or court orders, reporting limited information concerning identification and location at the request of a law enforcement official, reports regarding suspected victims of crimes at the request of a law enforcement official, reporting death, crimes on our premises, and crimes in emergencies.
4. Your Individual Rights You Have a Right to:
1) Look at or get copies of your medical information. You must make your request in writing. There may be charges for copying and for postage if you want the copies mailed to you. Ask the receptionist about our fee structure.
2) Receive a list of all the times we or our business associates shared your medical information for purposes other than treatment, payment, and health care operations and other specified exceptions.
3) Request that we place additional restrictions on our use or disclosure of your medical information. We are not required to agree to these additional restrictions, but if we do, we will abide by our agreement (except in the case of an emergency.)
4) Request that we communicate with you about your medical information by different means or to different locations. Your request that we communicate your medical information to you by different means or at different locations must be made in writing to our Privacy Officer.
5) Request that we change your medical information. We may deny your request if we did not create the information you want changed or for certain other reasons. If we deny your request, we will provide you with a written explanation.
6) You have the right to obtain a paper copy by making a request in writing to our Privacy Compliance Officer.
Questions and Complaints:
If you have any questions about this notice, or if you believe your rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with the Privacy Officer at this practice or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. All complaints must be submitted in writing. You will not be penalized or discriminated against for filing a complaint.
These privacy practices are in effect as of January 1, 2003 and will remain in effect until further notice.
Reno Integrative Medical Center
6110 Plumas St. Ste. B, Reno, Nevada 89519
Phone: 775- 829-1009 1-800-994-1009